Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm
In celebration of Women’s History Month, BloomScreen and the Africa World Now Project present: Skirt Power (Taafe Fanga) – this gender-bending comic drama set among the cliff-dwelling 18th century Dogon people makes serious points about the status of women in Africa, and shows how ancient mythology can still shed light on modern issues…
Skirt Power (Taafe Fanga) (1997, 98 min, Mali), by Adama Drabo – this proleptic tale about a comic revolution in which women’s and men’s roles are reversed was, in part, inspired by the actual role women played in Mali’s 1991 revolution. Drabo surprisingly found the germ for his domestic comedy from a program on Dogon mythology he heard over Malian radio. Taafe Fanga’s story of sexual politics in a Dogon village necessarily involves the interpenetration of cosmogeny, history and the still unfolding present. The Dogon believe that all difference in the universe began with the splitting of the primal fonio seed into an ever-expanding spiral of space-time which can only be held together by a careful balancing or “twinning” of opposing energies. In Taafe Fanga, this tension reappears in the parallel stories of four women who challenge male supremacy among the Dogon’s legendary elf-like andumbulu spirit ancestors… Myth, storytelling and now film link past and future… (In Bambara and Kaado language with English subtitles).
The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Mwiza Munthali, host of the radio show “Africa Now,” on WPFW 89.3FM.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support both the Africa World Now Project and BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.
Directions: The location is 7 minutes walking distance from the Columbia Heights METRO Station , and a couple of local parking garages – Target and Giant. Street parking is available on 11th St and on Kenyon St – directly adjacent to Harriet Tubman Elementary School.